Fact or Fiction?
Here’s a few interesting tidbits that I’ve heard but been unable to independently verify.
- The LCS started as an industrial technology and concept demonstrator. The manufacturers never intended it as a functioning warship but the Navy insisted on pushing ahead with it. This explains some of the puzzling design aspects.- The Navy’s current lack of armor in warships stems from the immediate post-WWII belief that future combat would involve nuclear weapons and the subsequent recognition that no amount of armor would stand up against atomic bombs.- Cyclone class PCs were built for Special Operations forces who then rejected the ships after they were built for reasons not completely clear. That left the Navy with a class of ship they didn’t want and tried repeatedly to get rid of.- The Burke Flt III is going to have significantly improved passive armor protection.- The Burke DDGs were originally intended to have remote mine hunting vehicles and, indeed, several were built with it. That capability was then dropped. Supposedly, the reason it was dropped was to prevent a threat to the procurement of the LCS from people who might ask why the LCS was needed if any Burke could conduct mine countermeasures.- The entire Spruance class was SinkEx’ed to eliminate them as a threat to the then newly developing Aegis program. At that time, the Spruance with a New Threat Upgrade (NTU) would have rivaled or surpassed the Aegis system in performance. The Navy decisively eliminated the threat to the favored program.